Hard Drive specials

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Justin Thyme, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. Mar 16, 2006 #81 of 394
    ducker

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    man.. I don't know what to do.. I just recently picked up a Maxtor 200gb @ ~$52 (or .25/gig) not bad.. but I'm tempted to return that and get that Seagate 300gb @ .26/gig. Soooo tempting.

    I might just wait for now, upgrade with the Maxtor I already have and work with that for the time being... upgrade to a full 1/2 a tera later.
     
  2. Mar 16, 2006 #82 of 394
    xnevergiveinx

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    maxtor probably only has a 1 year warranty, but will run quieter with acoustic management. however, it's most likely a diamond max 10 drive, which the newer ones don't work well with tivos.
    seagate has a 5 year warranty, the one you will get is a 7200.8. they are a little louder, but not bad..also, seagate got rid of acoustic management.

    i'd go with seagate
     
  3. Mar 16, 2006 #83 of 394
    c3

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    The current Maxtor DM10 should work fine. Most of the problems were reported for drives manufactured in 2005.

    I just bought a Seagate 7200.9 250GB drive, which is supposed to be quiet. I'll try it in my TiVo within the next few days.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2006 #84 of 394
    HDTiVo

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    The Seagate 300GB does have the 5 year warranty. I bought one a few months ago because of this thread and just bought another. Excellent performance.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2006 #85 of 394
    Stylin

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    Is the noise as bad as ppl claim? My apt is small, and my bedroom is beside the living room. I can handle a hum of an indoor heater, is this louder? tia
     
  6. Mar 16, 2006 #86 of 394
    rainwater

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    Depends on which one you get. The problem with Seagate is they don't enable acoustic management so you can't set it to quiet mode. Thats why I tend to stick with Hitachi or WD.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2006 #87 of 394
    rsnaider

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    I have the 7200.8 300GB drive in my bedroom RX-20. I have another 7200.8 300GB that I have prepped for my TiVo box that has a failing drive. I cannot say they will both be load since I have not yet installed it.

    I can hear the seeks but they are not that loud. If you are very sensitive to noise you will hear it.
     
  8. Mar 16, 2006 #88 of 394
    xnevergiveinx

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    really, you won't hear the 7200.8 seagate drive, unless the room is completely silent.
    if you concentrate, you can her little clicks every once in a while...nothing bad.
    my maxtor diamond max 10 drive is actually louder, even though i turned it to silent with acoustic management. it kinda makes a scraping noise every once in a while...who knows.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2006 #89 of 394
    uclakidd

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    Seagate drives are the best. I get them from newegg OEM. I have a 300 GB 7200.8 and a 7200.9 in one TiVo and while it's not whisper quiet, it's quiet.
     
  10. Mar 17, 2006 #90 of 394
    c3

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    Noise is a very subjective matter. What's quiet for one person may be noisy for another. Sometimes not being able to hear well is a good thing.

    BTW, Seagate has changed the specs for 7200.9 300GB recently. It used to be 25db idle and 28db seek, but it's now 28db idle and 32db seek. I was looking forward to buying that 300GB drive, but I had to settle with the 250GB instead.
     
  11. Mar 17, 2006 #91 of 394
    Stylin

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    TY all for the opinions. I was able to jump on the 300gb seagate deal. I figure if I can sleep through old radiator pipes clanking, I'll be able to sleep through the seeks - plus, I'm sure my dogs snoring will dull the sound lol.
     
  12. Mar 18, 2006 #92 of 394
    c3

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    Tried two Seagate 7200.9 250GB drives, and I'm not impressed. The seek noise is quieter than 7200.7 200GB and 7200.8 250GB/300GB, but not as quiet as my Maxtor DM10 200GB drives. Both of those 7200.9 drives have a higher pitch rotational noise that I have not heard from my other Seagate drives. They're going back.
     
  13. Mar 18, 2006 #93 of 394
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    That's very dissapointing becasue I wanted to use the new 7200.9 Seagates in a new PC I'm building. While head seeking noise is okay, high pitched squeal is something I can't deal with. Even though this is a subjective question, how bad would you say it was (using a 1-5 scale with 5 being the worst)?

    Thanks
     
  14. Mar 18, 2006 #94 of 394
    DCIFRTHS

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    Do you notice a high pitched noise from either of the drives? Is one worse than the other?

    Thanks
     
  15. Mar 18, 2006 #95 of 394
    c3

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    I would rate it 3-4, but I want 1-2. It sounded like my 2.5-year old WD (silver top, not the current black top) with slightly worn bearings.

    The 7200.9 300GB is likely to have quite different acoustic characteristics.
     
  16. Mar 18, 2006 #96 of 394
    DCIFRTHS

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    Why do you say that?
     
  17. Mar 18, 2006 #97 of 394
    c3

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    If you look at the data sheet, 250GB has idle noise of 25db, and 300GB has idle noise of 28db. That suggests different number of platters and/or different motor. The decibel number may be higher, but the frequency profile may be more acceptable to the ears. I have not tried the 7200.9 300GB, so that's just a guess.
     
  18. Mar 18, 2006 #98 of 394
    DCIFRTHS

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    I know they increased the platter density on these new models, but I have been unable to determine how many platters are in each model. I believe the 500GB model uses the less dense 125Gb platters. I'm not sure about the others...if anyone has a chart or link, to the number of platters/heads in the 7200.9 drives, I would appreciate it.
     
  19. Mar 18, 2006 #99 of 394
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    So what *is* the quietest drive generally speaking? I want to upgrade my fairly recent Humax burner addition which is in the bedroom...
     

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